CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee’s mayor began a new two-year term in office Monday. Mayor Richard Kos was sworn-in as mayor for the sixth time.
Once the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the national anthem sung, newly elected school committee members, members of the city council, and Mayor Richard Kos were all sworn in. During his inaugural speech, the mayor spoke about making further improvements to the city’s website, keeping up with social media as a way to communicate with the community, and enhancing the city’s WiFi and high speed internet for both residents and area businesses.
Mayor Kos told 22News he believes the better informed residents are about their city, the easier it is to lead.
“Society has changed so much, everyone is so busy, it’s hard to keep people informed. Social media is a great way of doing that, and a great way of people knowing what’s going on in their city,” Kos said.
He also spoke about the 12 new hires in the Chicopee Fire Department, and 13 new hires in the Chicopee Police Department.
Kos had served as mayor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and returned to City Hall after being elected mayor in 2013. This past November, he defeated former Mayor Michael Bissonnette in a rematch of the 2013 race.
Chicopee elects its mayor for two-year terms.